Social Media: inspire movements and ignite change!

January 5, 2015


This week our fourth module was on Social Media.
I personally don’t use social media a lot however I am sort of addicted to Facebook, for me Facebook is a way to feel connected.

The first thing we were told about social media was that

“Every time you post a photo or update your status, you are contributing to your own digital footprint and personal brand”.

Social media brings both positive and negative effects. The most common use of social media is to feel connected and to socialise, it is also however, a medium with which you can share ideas and information. Social media allows us to share our interests and it enables others to see what sort of people we are. The negative side of social media is that there is an invasion of privacy and the information you post is on permanently, even if you delete it, it will always be on the web. For this reason, I don’t post too much information about myself.
Certain social media also cause you to feel more isolated and distracted.

We learned how to make the most out of social media such as:twitter, Facebook, blogs and linkedin. My first opinion about twitter was that it was just for people to follow people without a specific reason. However I later learned that a lot of changemakers, from politicians, to the Pope, use twitter, and it gives you the possibility to follow people who inspire you. Twitter also helps you spread the word about a certain message to make people aware of issues you are concerned about and it enables you to be up-to-date with your interests and know all the latest news. Facebook is mainly used to stay in touch with friends, build a network of friends and to publish interesting updates.

I also got to add some extra rules to my usage of social media.Such as using #hashtags, motivating your comments, being honest, (which I think I already do), have an identity. I believe this means to share your ideas and show what you’re really passionate about and to show people what kind of person you are.

I also discovered the ‘GRANDMA RULE’, which is not to post anything that you wouldn’t want your grandma to see. The most important rules are NO false profiles, NO fourth degree connections and DON’T do ONLINE what you WOULDN’T do OFFLINE. Towards the end of the session we learned aboutlinkedin, a site which helps you build a professional network, boost your college application and to show that you are serious.

We were given the task to create an online linkedin profile or offline, I decided to do it online because I thought it would be more helpful in future when I will be looking for a job.

I really enjoyed this session because it made me think about the types of things I could do to keep abreast of what is happening in the world and lots of great ways to prepare for the future!

Iman Coulibaly,
Gamechangers Program 14’

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